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Highlights from James Borrego’s media luncheon

We can glean some more info on the upcoming season based on the head coach’s comments to the media.

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Charlotte Hornets head coach James Borrego spoke with the media during a luncheon today and provided several interesting tidbits.

One of the big criticisms surrounding Malik Monk’s game has been his lack of strength. His narrow frame lets him get pushed around and he would frequently lose the ball in traffic. If Monk has in fact bulked up, that’ll help his game a lot. But twenty pounds is an unrealistic amount of muscle to add in just a few months. We’ll see how Monk looks when camp opens next week.

The Hornets ranked 23rd in the league in defensive efficiency last season, so more accountability on that end of the floor is needed. With no playoff aspirations, it’ll be easier for Borrego to yank players that aren’t doing what they’re supposed to be doing.

Nothing surprising here. Rozier is arguably the best player on the Hornets roster right now, so he’ll see plenty of court time.

Nothing surprising here either. Rozier and Bacon are the team’s most aggressive scorers, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see either of them leading the team in scoring.

This is probably the most interesting piece of information gleaned. The team has talked about their intent to use the Swarm as a means of developing young players, and this is another step in maximizing that relationship. The role of this new head coach will make sure players playing for both the Hornets and Swarm are receiving consistent messages from both staffs. The Hornets are serious about this whole player development thing. It’s nice to see.